A Hilton Head Island author was recently featured on NPR’s “New Letters on the Air,” a literary radio series that spotlights writers reading from and talking about their work.
Olivia Stiffler reads from her debut poetry collection, “Otherwise, We Are Safe” in the interview with host Angela Elam and talks about always wanting to be a poet. She got the opportunity after meeting poet and English professor James Tolan in Savannah in 2012.
Tolan served as Stiffler’s mentor and helped get her first book of poetry published this year. Tolan is also featured in the half-hour program.
“When the manuscript was ready, without my knowledge, he sent it off to Robert Murphy at Dos Madres Press, who accepted and published it,” Stiffler said in a previous interview with The Island Packet. “Were it not for these happy intersections, I doubt my poems would be anywhere but on my desk.”
Tolan speaks to Stiffler’s “wonderfully good” poems in the interview and reads from his latest work as well.